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Rick Nash's slump has Rangers on thin ice

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10:00 AM ET 05.12 | The Rangers acquired Rick Nash to avoid being in this position, to avoid games in which the season is on the line and the offense appears for extended stretches allergic to energy and ingenuity. But they also got Nash to remedy such situations, such as the Rangers facing a 3-2 deficit in their opening-round series against the Capitals heading into Game 6 Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Nash, the prized offseason acquisition who was invaluable in the Rangers??? playoff push with a team-high 21 goals, along with 21 assists, could end up being as big a factor in an early elimination, having been held without a goal and to only one point through five games. "I've had some chances, didn't get the job done," Nash said following Saturday's practice. "No excuses, got to find a way to do it." Since attempting eight shots on goal in the series opener, Nash has quickly devolved into an apparition on ice, the box score practically the only evidence of his involvement. He attributes his lack of success to the Capitals taking away space, limiting him to two shots in each of the past two games, but teammate Derick Brassard, who also played with Nash for five seasons in Columbus, said he has not seen a change in Nash's attitude or approach, despite the former No. 1 overall pick's struggles.

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May 12, 2013  10:08 AM ET

No pressure tonight Rick!

May 12, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Rick Nash's slump has Rangers on thin ice

Its very unfortunate that there's nobody else on the Rangers to help him. You know, guys making a bazillion dollars to score goals......

May 12, 2013  10:59 AM ET

''Derick Brassard, who also played with Nash for five seasons in Columbus, said he has not seen a change in Nash's attitude or approach...'' Maybe that's the problem, he's not playing playoff hockey.

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May 12, 2013  12:14 PM ET

Floating turd syndrome - also see Gutzlaff

May 12, 2013  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Maybe Nash is not cut out for playoff hockey.

Not that he has a lot of experience with it.....

May 12, 2013  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Rick Nash's slump has Rangers on thin ice. Its very unfortunate that there's nobody else on the Rangers to help him. You know, guys making a bazillion dollars to score goals......

Slump? What slump? Maybe Rick Nash is not what everybody thought he would be? He's out of shape. Did you see the trainers trying to rub some life into his those legs of his between shifts? The lazy bum is not ready for playoff hockey.

May 12, 2013  03:54 PM ET

Well they didn't bring him for his playoff experience

May 12, 2013  04:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Rick Nash's slump has Rangers on thin ice

Its very unfortunate that there's nobody else on the Rangers to help him. You know, guys making a bazillion dollars to score goals......

I sense you have someone in mind... a former Stars great maybe?

May 12, 2013  04:45 PM ET

Blue Jackets did not prepare Nash for playoff hockey.

May 12, 2013  04:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Rick Nash's slump has Rangers on thin iceIts very unfortunate that there's nobody else on the Rangers to help him. You know, guys making a bazillion dollars to score goals......

Same old story, they have guys who can score generally.....so why not now?

May 12, 2013  06:14 PM ET

and Nash has scored the only goal in the game so far is this what they call the SI jinx

May 12, 2013  07:14 PM ET

Good game especially the ending. Now we got another game 7

May 12, 2013  08:38 PM ET

As long as the Caps keep crapping the bed, the Rangers could put fans on the ice.

May 12, 2013  08:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

and Nash has scored the only goal in the game so far is this what they call the SI jinx

oh they gave it to Brassard now

May 12, 2013  08:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

As long as the Caps keep crapping the bed, the Rangers could put fans on the ice.

WTF you talking about teams playing good Holtby's allowed 11 goals in 6 games the only one crapping their bed here is you

May 12, 2013  11:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Rick Nash's slump has Rangers on thin iceIts very unfortunate that there's nobody else on the Rangers to help him. You know, guys making a bazillion dollars to score goals......

<grin>

 
May 12, 2013  11:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Slump? What slump? Maybe Rick Nash is not what everybody thought he would be? He's out of shape. Did you see the trainers trying to rub some life into his those legs of his between shifts? The lazy bum is not ready for playoff hockey.

"Ey, there's the rub"

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